Coffee Date no.4, Shabby Chic Aesthetic at Lyon Street Café

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week!! I don’t know how I’ve managed to get sick (again), but I’m planning on resting and relaxing this entire weekend.  So if you need me, I’ll be curled up with three blankets, hot tea, orange juice, and Gossip Girl (7th times a charm?)!

This weekend my best friend Alyssa and I visited the most beautiful coffeehouse, Lyon Street Café!  I’ve spent a lot of time in this coffeehouse throughout the years, because I feel like the entire aesthetic is very “Tessa”, and I feel the most inspired when I’m here!  The all-white brick with the beautiful raw wood detailing is my favorite, and I love the vintage style lights hanging throughout the coffeehouse!  We visited Lyon Street on a lovely, sunny day, so I couldn’t resist grabbing the corner seat right by the window!

I spent the week redecorating and reorganizing my room, and I am so excited to share the finished project with all of you in the next week or two!  I also have a trip coming up one week from today, and I will definitely be posting all about it the following week!  Lots of very exciting things are happening, and I’m so happy to be sharing my journey with each and every one of you!!

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Coffee Date no.3; Art & Pop Culture at Lemonjello’s

I couldn’t resist picking up this adorable yellow mug, it quickly became one of my favorites!!

Check out all of the details for this casual, neutral outfit!

Happy Friday everyone!!  It’s a beautiful sunny day today, what a perfect start to the weekend!!  Since my weekend technically started yesterday, I took a day trip to Holland with my best friend, Paige!  We explored a vintage art store, enjoyed a home cooked meal at one of Paige’s favorite restaurants, and ended the afternoon with coffee, fresh flowers, and boutique shopping!

I mentioned I was going to feature my favorite coffeehouse in Holland, and this is definitely it!  Lemonjello’s is such an eclectic, cozy coffeehouse, and they have a unique variety of beverages which I find incredibly interesting!  One of the specialties are the “Mood Lattés”, where they mix flavors together based on your choice!  The Stress Reliever is chocolate, caramel and hazelnut, and the Mellow is caramel and vanilla, to name a few!  I have yet to try a Mood Latté, but I can definitely see a Comfort, Mellow, or Buzzed in my future!

Lemonjello’s is sprinkled with artwork and eye-catching pieces, and there is an entire wall filled with coffee, tea, cups/mugs, and even gnomes!  I couldn’t resist picking up some organic jasmine peach white tea, and this adorable yellow mug!!  I love using this mug in the morning, it’s so bright and cheery!

I was still recovering from my sickness this entire week, and while I still don’t feel 100% it was nice to get some fresh air and explore with Paige!  This weekend Doug and I have a bunch of fun plans, and tonight we’re having a cozy night in with sushi, tea, and The Office!!  Also if you haven’t already, check out my Winter in West Michigan {Cool Tones & Golden Hues} post featuring Lake Michigan and the most beautiful lakeshore!

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Winter in West Michigan {Cool Tones & Golden Hues}

Happy Wednesday, and happy February everyone!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far!  It is a beautiful, sunny day in the midwest, so it’s the perfect mid-week pick me up!  Also, Doug and I’s cruise is officially 29 days away, so that’s an incredible pick me up in itself!  After my workout classes are finished I have a coffee date planned with Lyss, and I’m planning on taking the rest of the day to relax and recharge.  Tomorrow Paige and I are going to Holland to explore, and then this weekend will be filled with lots of love, friends, and football (go Pats)!!

There’s truly nothing more beautiful than the lakeshore, especially on a warm winter day!  Holland is one of my favorite places to visit, and it’s an area that I’ve spent a large portion of my life.  Doug and I had so much fun walking the pier and exploring the ice formations, and we watched the sunset while deciding on a restaurant for dinner (we picked Fricanos, our favorite pizza place)!  I wore my favorite causal outfit, and I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of the beautiful scenery.  It was the most beautiful day with my favorite person!

I was inspired by Ally’s Winter Beach Day post, so definitely check out her post to see the beauty of Grand Haven!! Also if you haven’t already, take a look at my Let’s Explore: Downtown Adventures and my Let’s Explore: Tulip Time posts.  I wanted to keep todays post fairly short, because it was such a beautiful adventure and I think the pictures speak for themselves!  Make sure you stay in touch, because Friday I’m sharing my favorite coffeehouse in Holland with all of you!!

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Casual + Neutral Street Style

How beautiful is this door?!  There’s something about doors that I am constantly drawn to, from the unique architecture to the intricate detail!

Trench Coat // Black V-Neck Tee // Lace Bralette //  Boyfriend Jeans (sold out) Similar Style Here // New Balance Shoes // Kate Spade Handbag // Ray-Bans // Apple Watch



Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!  Today is the beginning of a brand new week, so use today to accomplish some of your favorite goals, drink plenty of water, stay caffeinated, and stay inspired!  Also, use today to count your blessings and to immerse yourself in the beauty of your life!  “It’s a good week to have a good week” use today to spark that fire and to motivate your soul!

It was almost 60 degrees here in the midwest, so Doug and I enjoyed the beautiful weather while exploring my favorite place, downtown Holland!  I spent a large portion of my childhood in Holland, so I always make an effort to visit as often as I can!  Since the weather was so beautiful, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore!  I wanted to keep my outfit pretty casual, and I swapped out my giant parka for my favorite trench coat.  I layered a black v-neck tee and my Ran-Ban’s underneath the coat, and kept the neutral color scheme with my black bralette and my black handbag.  Beautiful weather means breaking out the boyfriend jeans, so I couldn’t resist wearing my favorite pair with my pink, white and gold suede New Balance shoes!  The perfect outfit for a warm winter day!

There’s truly nothing I love more than exploring, and I cannot wait to share my upcoming posts with all of you!!  I’m going to be sharing my top 3 favorite places in Holland, and I’m going to share some activities that are an absolute must!  If you haven’t already, check out my Tulip Time post and my Downtown Adventures post featuring some of my favorite times from Holland!

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9 Ways to Beat The Winter Blues {& Get Out of a Rut}

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are ready for a wonderful week!  Take today to set good intentions, to motivate your soul, and to cleanse the space around you!  With this cold, winter weather, it’s easy for all of us to fall into a rut and feel a little uninspired.  So treat yourself to something special today, and start your week with some extra good vibes!

While I love winter, the classic “winter rut” is upon us!  Last week I found myself feeling a little unmotivated and a little lazy, so I used this past weekend to recharge and re-inspire my soul!  Doug and I went to our favorite restaurant for lunch, and I picked up some of my favorite macarons and fresh flowers! I also cleansed my entire space, and I couldn’t resist burning my favorite spring/summer candle!

 It’s been far too long since I’ve written an inspirational/motivational post, and these are genuinely some of my favorite posts to write!  I love sharing my thoughts and ideas with all of you, and hearing all of your incredible feedback/ideas in return!  Also since we are in the middle of winter, and spring seems a little too far away, I couldn’t resist talking about some of my favorite ways to stay motivated and inspired during this time of the year!

Get Up & Get Active

Take a walk outside, hit the gym, or dance in your apartment!  Being active not only will help your body feel better, but it will leave you feeling happier and much less sluggish!  Exercise releases endorphins in your body, which in turn will help you feel more positive!  Turn on your favorite playlist, put on your cutest workout outfit, and let the good vibes flow!

Plan a Vacation

This can be anything from a small road trip to jet setting across the globe, and I promise either one will be just as rewarding!  Lately I’ve been spending a little too much time lounging in bed, so I decided to use that time to plan some fun vacations with Doug!  Our first vacation is coming up in February, and my mood has been completely uplifted due to the fact that I now have something to look forward to!  I catch myself thinking about each of our vacations every single day, and it always brings a huge smile to my face!

Pamper Yourself

This frigid weather has been pretty tough on my hair, skin, and nails, so I’ve been setting aside time to pamper myself each day!  I love taking a hot Lush bath, giving myself a manicure, getting a pedicure, getting my hair done, and using my favorite face masks!  Anything that leaves me feeling relaxed and content is a must during the winter, and something I highly recommend!

Develop a Morning & Evening Routine

I am an advocate for morning and evening routines, because I believe they help your mind, body, and spirit realign in the best way!  Allow yourself some extra time in the morning to prepare your favorite breakfast, to read a book, or to meditate.  Each night, try a digital detox, drink some green tea, and maybe soak in a hot bath for a while!  Life can get pretty busy sometimes, so try creating these routines that way you always have a set plan that will bring you joy and happiness!  I have updated morning and fitness routines coming very soon, so definitely stay in touch for those!

Create a Positive Space

“When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life.” – Karen Kingston

It may seem tedious, but cleaning up your space will leave you feeling accomplished and inspired!  I spent hours cleaning up every inch of my space this weekend, and I was truly proud of myself once the job was finished (is that an indication to how cluttered my space was?  Yikes!).  I played my favorite music, my favorite candle was burning, and I treated myself afterward by buying some beautiful fresh flowers for my desk!  If you ask me, fresh flowers, crystals, and candles are a must for a positive, beautiful space!


One of my goals for 2017 is to read every morning and night, and I’m sad to admit that I have not even completed one day of that goal!  Ugh!  I have been reading here and there though, and I have been loving the quiet moments spent in my cozy room curled up with a good book and hot tea!  The books I’ve been loving lately are The Magnolia Story, The Little Book of Mindfulness, A Wilder Life, and Adventures For Your Soul!  Check out my favorite books and magazines, and definitely let me know some of your favorites!

Make Plans

There is nothing more important to me than spending time with the people I love, and I will always put those plans above all else!  I believe making plans with friends/family/loved ones is the most important thing, and I always feel so loved and inspired after meeting with them!  While we all have busy schedules, we always manage to find time to spend some truly special quality time together!  

Early this morning my blogging tribe and I had a fun and inspiring meeting at Paige’s apartment, Lyss and I have a coffee date set in about an hour, and my little/dear friend Lauren is coming over to watch The Bachelor tonight (Danielle M, Alexis, Raven and Vanessa are my faves)!  Tuesday my mom and I have a shopping day planned, and I also get to do some work for VS PINK which is my favorite thing to do!  Thursday my best friend Alexis and I are going to hot yoga and grabbing açaí bowls after, and then Doug will be here for the weekend!  The perfect week with some of my favorite people in the world!

Stay Hydrated & Caffeinated

You all know how much I love coffee and tea, and I love water just as much!  Drinking enough water daily is a necessity, and it truly helps your body in so many ways!  Making sure you’re well hydrated and well caffeinated will not only leave you feeling positive and energetic, but you’ll also be more motivated to complete tasks!  I like to start each day with cold water and a cup or two of hot oolong tea, and I usually drink coffee between one and four days per week.  I try not to drink a lot of coffee, and I prefer the natural caffeination of tea, but I definitely love to treat myself to a soy vanilla latte!  *Tip: try downsizing your coffee for less sugar and caffeine intake, and try a milk substitute!  A “tall” (12 ounces) from Starbucks is my go-to!

Detox & Refresh Your Soul

Take time to meditate, to get 6-8 hours of sleep, and to rest when needed!  Take time each day for some “me time”, and be a little selfish with yourself and your time.  You are your #1 priority, and taking care of yourself is a necessity.  Allow yourself to nourish your mind, body, and spirit, and to love yourself unconditionally!  Take a break from social media, put on your favorite comfy clothes, make your favorite drink/snack, and indulge in your alone time!  “You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.”

One of my goals for 2017 was creating content that I absolutely love, and as I mentioned these types of posts are some of my favorite ones to create!  Thank you all so much for continuing to support me on my journey, each of you are my biggest inspiration and motivation!  Simply Tess wouldn’t be the same without you, and I am forever grateful!

Love & Good Vibes


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